Theo Hernandez thrived last season playing for Deportivo Alaves. The left back joined the club from Atletico Madrid on loan looking for more first-team minutes, but ended becoming one of the best full backs in La Liga in the process.
His progression suddenly became for a problem for Atletico. Los Colchoneros have Filipe Luis as their starting left back, and Theo was not going to challenge him for starting minutes. All signs indicated Theo was set to leave Los Colchoneros, and MARCA have confirmed a deal is set in stone.
Per that report, the talented 19-year-old is set to remain in Madrid, but only because he will join Real Madrid. Los Merengues had been tracking him since he started to outclass the competition in Alaves, and have reportedly agree for a transfer fee that nears the €30 million mark. The reigning UEFA Champions League holders will pay that sum in four installments, but have secured the services of a player both Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane wanted to acquire.
Hernandez is set to join Real Madrid in the first week of July, as soon as the transfer market is oficially open. His arrival would end the “no aggression pact” both sides had agreed on in recent years, because there is always tension when a player goes from Atletico to Real, or the other way around. Apparently Theo’s desire was to join Los Merengues, so all parties involved should be happy about how everything turned out.
Hernandez became one of the most consistent left backs in LaLiga this past season, registering 38 appearances with two goals and four assists across all competitions for Alaves.